We have seen a lot of celebs who tasted fame from the cradle and there are still many that came to public attention as kids but there is a select few that had to wait till their thirties to taste the limelight. A typical example is Jamie Clayton – the American transgender actress and model popularly recognized for her starring role in the Netflix series called Sense8 as Nomi Marks. Jamie has since appeared in several other productions like Designated Survivor, Dirty Work and Are We There Yet?
In addition to her work as an actress, Jamie Clayton has functioned as a model and she is also a sensation on social media with millions of followers on both Twitter and Instagram. Read on to learn more about her life, including her transformation surgery.
Jamie Clayton’s Bio
Jamie Clayton was born on the 15th of January 1978 with her place of birth recorded as San Diego located in California, USA. The transgender actress was raised alongside her sister Toni as the child of a criminal defense attorney Howard Clayton and an event planner mother Shelley.
Information on her academic background is sadly lacking but she relocated to New York City at the age of 19 to find work as a makeup artist. In 2010, her quest led her to star in TRANSform Me – a VH1 TV makeover show. Her successful role earned Jamie a few accolades, notable among which is being honored by the Out Magazine – an LGBT fashion and entertainment publication as part of their yearly Out 100 awards in 2011.
She later chose to follow her passion for the performing act, appearing in Hung – a 2011 series where she came as Kyla in the third season and the next year, Jamie Clayton was on the set of the award-winning television series known as Dirty Work, depicting the character of Michelle Darnell. Before the year ran out, she joined the cast of Are We There Yet? in a single episode. However, the famed actress accomplished her breakout role in Sense8 – a Netflix series which cast her as Nomi Marks, a known San Francisco transgender as well as political blogger cum hacker. The film which was directed by another transgender Lana Wachowski cast her character alongside veterans like Valeria Bilello, Tina Diesel, and Daryl Hannah.
In addition, she accomplished her first big-screen role in The Neon Demon – a 2016 psychological horror movie where she appeared alongside the likes of Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves, Jena Malone, and Christina Hendrick. That same year, Jamie Clayton portrayed the role of Avery Bowman in Motive which is a TV drama series. Her other productions include The Snowman, Mass Effect: Andromeda and The Chain which came in 2017. She is yet to win any awards as an individual but a couple of her films have grabbed notable accolades – Dirty Work is an Emmy award winner while Sense8 has won GLAAD Media Award.
Is Jamie Clayton Transgender, Married or In A Relationship With Keanu Reeves?
Are you wondering if Jamie Clayton is a transgender or not, then the answer is in the affirmative. She was actually born a boy and grew up as a boy before she went under the knife for the surgery that transformed her into a full-blown woman. Jamie accomplished her transition surgery in 2003 while on vacation with her family outside Tuscan; there she did the compilation surgery which cost the sum of $16,000 and took all of six hours with the scalpel handled by the iconic DR. Toby Meltzer. Post transition, Jamie has come to be a spokesperson for several others like her, especially those who prefer to remain private about their sexuality.
Jamie Clayton is one transgender that has always been proud of her identity unlike many other celebrities of her ilk. Alongside the likes of transgender moviemakers like Lana Wachowski, Jamie saw her portrayal of Nomi Marks in Sense8 as a veritable platform to showcase her real identity. She has been unrelenting in her advocacy and support for the LGBT community, serving as a great source of inspiration to gay, transgender and lesbians alike who are not proud of their identity.
On the relationship front, the transgender actress is still visibly single and has no record of any past marriage. However, she has shown her interest in the male population and has dated Bojana Novakovic – Generation Um co-star, Moreover, she was in a relationship with Keanu Reeves in 2015 but it is not known whether they have parted ways or still together since she does not talk about it. Though sources and fans have had their say on the matter, claiming that the duo don’t have enough time to spend together, but neither of them has commented on it.